No matter how Zen of a person we are, rush hour traffic can beat us down. The honking of cars with slack-jawed people behind the wheels can make the extension of a commute seem like the least meditative part of our day.
Let’s challenge that.
The next time you are crawling by at a snail’s pace in traffic, try to do an open-eyed meditation.
Turn off the drone of the radio and let the reduced noise help you. The city still may sound like an out-of-tune symphony around you, but in your car, the world is quieter.
Now notice if your emotions towards the rush hour traffic are having any effect in your body. You may notice that your breathing is jagged so take a few deep breaths, even letting that breath come out of your mouth. Hey, it’s no weirder than that nose picker in the car beside you.
Notice if there is anger or frustration presenting itself within the belly or as a tight band around the chest. Look within as you continue to look out. Have the external environment around you be external, trying to be conscious to not absorb any of it into your internal environment.
The longer you’re stuck bumper to bumper, the more opportunity you have to practice self-reflection and arrive at your destination, unfrazzled.